‘The X Factor’ Ending After 17 Years
29 Jul 2021
After 17 years of on the air, the UK production of ‘The X Factor’ is shutting down.
ITV declared that there are “no current plans” for a new season of the series created in 2004 by TV personality & Judge Simon Cowell.
The statement from the ITV spokesman was brief saying only that: “There are no current plans for the next series of The X Factor at this stage.”
The show has been a legitimate star making factory producing talents such as Little Mix, One Direction, Olly Murs, James Arthur, Leona Lewis and JLS.
A show insider told outlets: “Globally, it is still a phenomenon and rakes in millions every year. But in the UK, there is no question it has become slightly stale.
“Simon remains at the top of his game and knows how to make a hit. He owns the rights to the show, and it’s his call — not ITV’s — whether or not he drops it,”
“Clearly the last thing he wants is for X Factor to fizzle out with a whimper and become a bit of a joke — especially in contrast to the show in its pomp,”
“It is still on the back-burner and there’s the option to return it in 2023, with auditions next summer, but a lot will ride on his new format Walk The Line.”